Thursday, May 10, 2007
Protesters disrupt Gonzales hearing
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Eight female protesters from the anti war group Code Pink were removed from a House Judiciary hearing with Attorney Gen. Alberto Gonzales Thursday.
Conyers, left, greets Gonzales before the hearing Thursday.
More than a dozen Capitol Hill Police had to push them out of the room as they were screaming that their constitutional rights were being violated.
Madea Benjamin, the leader of the group, said the committee's Democratic Chairman John Conyers is "worse than any Republican chairman."
"This is the first time we've removed for doing nothing," she said following the incident. "At the Senate hearing we were treated with respect. Here we were thrown out just because we were wearing pink."
Capitol Police did not arrest any of the protesters.
Gonzales is testifying on the controversial firings of eight U.S. attorneys. He made similar testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.
-- CNN Justice Producer Terry Frieden
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